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Katherine Huey
Duke Splits Friday Doubleheader in Boca Raton
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/09/2018
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BOCA RATON, Fla. - After a tough loss in the day's first contest, the Duke Blue Devils (2-2) bounced back for a 3-0 victory against Michigan State to split their Friday doubleheader at the FAU Softball Stadium.

Ohio State struck first in Duke's third game of the weekend, using a triple and a sac fly in the first two at-bats to bring home the run. Duke responded with yet another strong first inning in its first three contests, pushing two across thanks to a two-RBI double from Raine Wilson.

An OSU double in the fourth drove home two runs, followed by another in the fifth thanks to a sac bunt and a Duke error, giving the Buckeyes a 4-2 lead. The Blue Devils were able to get runners in scoring position in the third and fifth innings, but were turned away by OSU. The Buckeyes tacked on an insurance run in the seventh and kept the Blue Devils at bay in the home half to secure the 5-2 victory.

Jazmine Moreno went 2-for-3 in the day's first game, scoring one of the Blue Devils' two runs. Peyton St. George (0-1) got the start and went 3.0 innings, striking out two. Amelia Wiercioch threw 4.0 innings in relief, fanning six batters.

Continuing the weekend narrative, the Blue Devils used a strong first inning to jump out in front early. A Wiercioch single with Wilson and Moreno on the basepaths would bring home one run to start. Dominique Salinas would follow up with a two-RBI double to left center, scoring Wilson and Wiercioch to make it 3-0 Duke.

From there it was a standout showing on defense as Katherine Huey (2-0) would shut down the Spartans the rest of the way, reeling in her second win in as many days with three strikeouts and the first complete game in Blue Devil softball history. MSU would put runners in scoring position in four of the game’s seven innings, but Huey and Co. turned the Spartans away at every corner to secure the win.

Moreno, Wilson, Wiercioch, Salinas and Rachel Abboud all recorded hits for the Blue Devils, with Salinas posting her first multi-RBI night of the year. With hits in both contests, Wiercioch has hit safely in all four contests this season.

The Blue Devils will close out the weekend Saturday, Feb. 10 against Boston University, with first pitch from the FAU Softball Stadium slated for 9 a.m. ET. After Saturday’s contest, Duke will return to Durham for its first home game in program history, as the Blue Devils host the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Duke Softball Stadium.

Duke Softball Program Firsts

At-Bat: Jameson Kavel vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Pitch: Amelia Wiercioch vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Baserunner: Jameson Kavel (Walked, 1st Inning) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Hit: Amelia Wiercioch (Double, 1st Inning) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Hitting Streak: Amelia Wiercioch, 4 Games (Feb. 8, 2018 vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1) - Present)
Single: Rachel Abboud (3rd Inning) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Double: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Walk: Jameson Kavel (1st Inning) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Stolen Base: Dominique Salinas (2nd Inning) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 2), Feb. 8, 2018
Run Scored: Raine Wilson (1st Inning, Amelia Wiercioch 2 RBI Double) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Run Batted In: Amelia Wiercioch (1st Inning) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Strikeout: Amelia Wiercioch (Strikeout Looking) vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Win (Team): Feb. 8, 2018 vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1)
Win (Individual): Katherine Huey vs. Florida Atlantic (Game 1), Feb. 8, 2018
Complete Game: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018
Complete Game Shutout: Katherine Huey vs. Michigan State, Feb. 9, 2018

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